Jaisalmer , Rajasthan


Jaisalmer means ‘the Hill Fort of Jaisal’. It is also called the “Golden City of India” because the yellow sand gives a yellowish-golden shade to the city and its neighbouring area.
Jaisalmer is a land of fascinating sand dunes, magnificent havelis (huge bungalows), bewitching palaces and stunning Jain temples.
It is situated in north Indian state in the Thar desert of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is known for its sand dunes and camel safaris.

This district is blessed with art, architecture, culture and traditions which are colourful. The folk music of this desert area is an amazing combination of traditions and classical music which gives you a taste of the desert life. In spite of the life being very difficult, The language, culture and traditions of the people of the district are influenced by the culture of the neighbouring Sindh area. Go for a camel safari through the sand dunes.

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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort was erected by Raja Jaisal in the year of 1156. Built with yellow colored sandstone, the Jaisalmer Fort adds to the old glory and grandeur of Rajasthan.

An architectural wonder of the bygone era, Jaisalmer Fort has several palaces within its premises. The beautiful palaces of the Maharawals are highly ornamented with exquisite designs and wooden carvings that enhance the beauty of the historical monument. The metal tower or the Tazia reflects the rich artistic caliber and architectural skills of the local craftsmen of the ancient times.


Nathmalji-ki-Haveli was constructed by the two brothers, Hathi and Lulu who were famous for their unique architectural creativity. A unique feature of the marvelous architectural monument of Nathmalji-ki-Haveli is the giant structure of two elephants of yellow sand stone at the main entrance of the beautiful edifice.

Gadi Sagar Lake

Gadi Sagar lake situated to the south of the city of Jaisalmer. Gadi Sagar a rain-water lake of Jaisalmer, is located amidst calm and cool surroundings.The waters of this lake is crystal clear. Water sports such as boating can be done in the waters of Gadi Sagar Lake. 


One of the prominent Jaisalmer attractions, Patwon-ki-Haveli is famous for its exquisite work of mirrors on the walls and ceilings and exclusive paintings of the traditional times.

One of the havelis of the Patwon-ki- Haveli has been turned into a museum and a shop that has a vast reserve of antique furniture and decorative goods. 

Sam Sand Dunes

  Sam sand dunes are becoming the major attraction in Jaisalmer.  Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get here, of course, is on camelback.

In the month of February/March, this whole place turns into a cultural hub. The desert festival organized amid these dunes is the showcase of Rajasthani culture as a whole. 

Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh.The gardens are largely neglected, but the hill with the cenotaphs is still quite an interesting sight.

Jain Temple

Jain temple, Jaisalmer situated within the Jaisalmer fort is one of the central tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. The Jain temples have been constructed in the likeness of the Dilwara temples. The Jain temples possess the idols of the gods Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji.They are known for their exquisite work of art and architecture. 

Tazia Tower

The five storeyed Tazia Tower was constructed by the Muslim artisans for their imperial rulers of Jaisalmer. Tazia Tower is an integral part of the architectural monument of the Badal Mahal that draws several tourists from far and wide. 

Each floor of the brilliantly constructed Tazia Tower is accompanied with beautifully decorated balconies that add to the grace of the architectural monument.

Desert National Park

Desert National Park, Jaisalmer is the treasure trove of wild animals such as black bucks, chinkaras, hares, wolves, desert cats, desert foxes. It abounds in flora and fauna. Desert National Park is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in the entire country.

The wide variety of birds protected in this sanctuary are worth admiring. Several avian species such as Grey partridges, bush quail, Indian rollers, bee eaters can be seen all over the place. Some rare and extinct species such as the Great Indian Bustard can be viewed within the sanctuary. A large number of reptiles are also found dwelling in the desert park of Jaisalmer. The monitor lizards, spiny tail lizards, saw scaled vipers are abundantly found.

Manak Chowk

The vibrant market place of Manak Chowk and Havelis is situated just outside the splendid architectural monument of the Jaisalmer Fort. The Manak Chowk and Havelis is always full of life and vigor. The market is flooded with ethnic silver jewelries, highly decorative leather works, embroidered goods and antiques pieces of traditional craft works of the region. 

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